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20|20 Young Alumni Student Challenge

Meet the Challengers

Alison Girschick Alison Girschick, GSB ’09, GBA ’10
Independent Branding Consultant

An independent marketing consultant in Brooklyn, Alison realized her lifelong dream of becoming a business owner thanks to her invaluable education at Fordham University.

Originally an undecided liberal arts student at Fordham’s College at Rose Hill, Alison was quickly drawn to the University’s business program, where she transferred and began to find her niche. She majored in accounting due to her affinity for numbers, and with this education and her internship experiences, she established the business acumen necessary to develop her career. Opting to participate in Fordham’s five-year BS/MBA program, Alison continued her Fordham education after graduating from the Gabelli School in 2009, focusing on communications and media management at the Graduate School of Business Administration.

Alison not only credits Fordham with her education, but also with her sense of community. She lived on and off campus in the Bronx for five years and considers Fordham her home, and is thrilled to continue to support its future and that of its students.

Andrew Maier Andrew Maier, GSB ’09
Accountant, Stone Harbor Investment Partners UK LLP

As a son of two Fordham graduates (who married in the University Church as well!) Drew’s enrollment at Fordham seemed almost foretold. Drew graduated from the Gabelli School in 2009 and now works in London for Stone Harbor Investment Partners LP, the same firm which he interned at in the summer preceding his senior year at Fordham.

While Drew is participating in the 20/20 Challenge from overseas, he is also getting some extra assistance in New York from his younger brothers Taylor, GSB ’11, and Reade, GSB ’14. Taylor and Reade’s enrollment in Fordham solidified the Maier family’s identity as Rams, while also further validating the alluring prospects that Fordham has to offer its students. All five Maier family members have Fordham to thank for the various forms of success each enjoys.

Anthony Hazell  Anthony Hazell, FCLC ’07
Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Bay Ridge Preparatory School

Coming from a family of Fordham alumni, Anthony knew early on that he, too, would be a Ram. A graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Anthony started reporting for The Observer in freshman year and eventually became editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. In addition to improving his writing, research, and organizational management skills, he credits his time at The Observer with allowing him to interact with the many different people that work hard each day to make Fordham a vibrant and positive community. He hopes that all students will appreciate and realize the value of a Fordham education.

Anthony currently oversees communications and marketing for Bay Ridge Prep, an independent college preparatory school, and serves on the board of the Shore Road Parks Conservancy in Brooklyn.

Brendan O'Grady Brendan O'Grady, GSB ’13
Consultant, Ernst and Young

A Gabelli School of Business graduate and now a consultant at Ernst & Young, Brendan saw the unique opportunity Fordham provides to its students upon transferring in his sophomore year. Even as a commuter, Brendan felt right at home, and would like everyone to have such a fulfilling Fordham experience.

 Chris Adams Chris Adams, GSB ’04
Financial Industry Executive

Chris is a graduate of the Gabelli School of Business, majoring in finance and economics. A native of Michigan, Chris came to Fordham to build upon a Jesuit education that began for him in middle and high school at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. Strongly believing in the faith, education, friendship, and community fostered by Fordham, Chris encourages current students and alumni to support the University, ensuring this enriching experience will be available to future students.

Currently, Chris works in the financial services industry and lives in New York City.

Chris Bruno Chris Bruno, FCRH ’06, GSAS ’07
Senior Policy Advisor, Commercial Revitalization, Neighborhood Development, NYC Department of Small Business Services, The City of New York

Chris graduated from Fordham College at Rose Hill in 2006, and from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2007. Having been initially attracted to Fordham for its emphasis on the core principals of a Jesuit education, Chris quickly came to realize the developmental benefits of attending a world-class institution in a world-class city. As a student of a Jesuit university based in New York City, he took advantage of unparalleled academic internships and community service opportunities.

Since graduating, Chris has continued to live by the service-centered values he acquired at Fordham, and has gone on to earn his law degree at New York Law School and now works for the City of New York with the Department of Business Services. He is eager to engage current Fordham students to share his story and experiences.

Chris Souther Chris Souther, Fordham Prep ’07, FCRH ’12
Associate Wealth Analyst, Hightower Westchester

A graduate of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Chris is now working in Westchester as an analyst for HighTower Advisors, an Independent registered investment advisor.

During his time at Fordham, Chris was a member of the varsity squash and club lacrosse teams, the FCRH Academic Dean’s Council and a Fordham Career Ambassador. Chris believes in the importance of Fordham’s mission to educate men and women for others, and hopes to ensure that future Rams will be able to share his great Fordham experience.

Gabriella Macari Gabriella Macari, GSB ’09
Distribution and Marketing Manager, Macari Vineyards

A graduate of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, Gabriella holds a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in marketing, a minor in English and a specialization in international business. While at Fordham, Gabriella was captain of the Fordham sailing team and a member of the Rose Hill Society.

Her professional experience includes working with her family at Macari Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island and managing marketing campaigns for Wines from Spain, Moët Hennessy’s Estates & Wines and wineries in France, Spain, Chile, Turkey, and New Zealand. Gabriella is a certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is expected to hold the WSET Diploma in 2015 having passed the advanced certificate with honors. She speaks fluent Spanish and is proficient in French.

Gabriella strongly believes that her experience at Fordham prepared her professionally and completely, and she continues to support the University in hopes that others will form similar memories in the best learning and social environment possible.

Gianna Migliorisi Gianna Migliorisi, FCLC ’06, GSAS ’08
Program Manager, Devops, MongoDB

A graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with major in computer science, Gianna now works as a program manager for MongoDB, Inc.

Gianna keeps the spirit and values Fordham provided in her heart, and very much looks forward to working closely with the undergraduate community again.

Jacob Jordan Jacob Jordan, GSB ’09
Vice President, Corporate and Investment Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jacob credits his Fordham days for his fast track in finance. Jacob remembers not only the close connection and helpful alumni who helped land his first job at J.P. Morgan, but equally salutes the real-world, dynamic education only available at Fordham: a traditional, collegiate undergraduate experience with the resources of New York City. Growing up in the south, it was important for Jacob to feel like he had a campus experience while also getting to experience the Big Apple—which made Fordham a clear standout in compared to the city’s other universities.

When not traveling the globe for business as a vice president in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Corporate Investment Bank, Jacob enjoys his life on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and tries to remain as involved as possible with Fordham. He is very proud to be a part of the 20/20 campaign and hopes the funds will allow a hopeful Ram a similar experience to his—surrounded by lifelong friends, a rewarding career, and a mighty impressive alma matter.

Jenna Scanlon Jenna Scanlon, FCRH ’06
Director, Strategic Communications, The Glover Park Group

A graduate of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Jenna earned a dual degree in communications and media studies and sociology. The opportunity to pursue academic and professional goals while following her passion for music and the arts drew Jenna to Fordham. She was an active member of the Fordham University Choir, The b-sides a cappella group, Schola Cantorum, and Mimes & Mummers. The lessons learned and friendships formed during her undergraduate years make Jenna ever grateful to Fordham University and proud to invest in its future.

Today Jenna is a director of strategic communications at the Glover Park Group, where she develops and executes public relations and brand marketing programming for Fortune 500 companies.

Kaeley Dubinsky Kaeley Dubinsky, FCRH ’09
Consultant, Knowledgent

A double major in communications and media studies and sociology, Kaeley was drawn to Fordham for its core curriculum and esteemed communications program. She delivered the news to students from the anchor desk at Fordham Nightly News for four years. Her passion for dance led her to the performing arts community at Fordham, where she was a member of the Fordham Dance Team, representing the Rams during football games and in fundraising efforts for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. An active member of Expressions Dance Alliance, Kaeley served as publicity director devoted to promoting the group’s achievements through dance.

Kaeley is now a consultant at Knowledgent, a industry information consulting firm in New York City where she launched Knowledgent Cares, a philanthropic organization whose mission is to promote community service awareness through volunteer opportunities and charitable donations.

Kaeley believes in the value of a core education and community experience, and hopes future classes have the opportunity to walk away with the same experience she had at Fordham.

Katy Corum Katy Corum, FCLC ’10
Mathematical Statistician, US Census Bureau

Katy graduated from Fordham College at Lincoln Center in 2010 with a major in mathematics and a minor in religious studies. A native of the great state of Washington, Fordham was her home away from home for four years, and a place where she grew academically, spiritually, and socially.

Katy hopes that current and future Rams will also come to call Fordham their home and embrace the opportunities available to members of the Fordham community.

Currently, Katy works as a mathematical statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau—in the other Washington.

Kim Morgan Kim Morgan, FCRH ’04, GBA ’11
Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Fordham University

Kim is a graduate of Fordham College at Rose Hill, where she majored in international political economy and Middle East studies. She also holds an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business Administration, where she majored in Marketing and Management. A Wisconsin native, Kim saw Fordham’s cura personalis principles as a perfect match to her goals in higher education when choosing an undergraduate program.

Since graduating from FCRH, Kim has worked in television news production covering global events and presidential elections, all prior to returning to Fordham where she currently serves the broader student and alumni community across the University’s top international markets.

In 2012, Kim earned the Fordham Black & Hispanic Alumni Honoree award and continues to remain an advocate for the association as well as its support of College Awareness Symbolizes Hope (C.A.S.H.) program, an organization providing mentorship to NYC-area high school minority students.

Kyle Egan Kyle Egan, GSB ’09
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Nest Seekers International

A graduate of Gabelli School of Business and a real estate salesperson at Nest Seekers International, Kyle credits Fordham University with providing students an education that serves them far beyond the classroom. He believes in the importance of giving back to the Fordham community and participating in programs that further its mission.

Kyle knows that it is through the philanthropic work of students, faculty, alumni, and other donors that Fordham can continue to offer the best education available for future generations.

Marisa Totino  Marisa Totino, FCRH ’08, GSE ’11
Senior Associate Director for Alumni Relations | External Relations and Development, Columbia University Business School

Marisa is a graduate of Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham's Graduate School of Education. While at Fordham, Marisa served as a member of Fordham Club, the Commuting Students Association, and as a resident assistant.

Marisa works at Columbia Business School, where she builds community and shapes educational experiences for students and alumni, as a result of the core values of community, service, and excellence that she developed during her time at Fordham.

She remains committed to Fordham and Jesuit education and values the opportunity to work with fellow alumni, students, faculty, and administration to ensure that every Ram has an outstanding, transformative Fordham experience.

Mark Smith Mark Smith, FCRH ’04
Account Vice President, UBS Financial Services

Mark graduated from Fordham University with a double major in history and sociology with a concentration in African American studies. He also was a Fulbright Fellowship finalist. Mark has been in the finance industry for more than nine years beginning his career at Lord Abbett and Company, one of the oldest money management firms in the country.

Currently, Mark is a vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services. He participates in a number of not-for-profit organizations, some of which include: Member of the Board for Safe Horizon; the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, 100 Black Men of America, the Bronx African American History project, Brotherhood Sister Sol Inc.

He also founded the Mark C. Smith Annual Central High School Football Scholarship and the Mark C. Smith Keep Striving Award at High Horizon Magnet School, his alma maters in Connecticut.

Patrick Tighe Patrick Tighe, FCLC ’10, GBA ’11
Business Valuation Associate, Deloitte Transaction and Business Analytics LLP

Patrick graduated from Fordham College at Lincoln Center in 2010 with B.A. degrees in mathematics/economics and French Area studies. He continued his education at Fordham’s Graduate School of Business Administration, where he received his master’s degree in quantitative finance in 2011.

Raised near Scranton, Pa., Patrick continued his Jesuit education at Fordham University after attending Scranton Preparatory School. Attracted by the “Big City” and by Fordham’s Jesuit ideals of cura personalis and ad maiorem Dei gloriam, he quickly felt at home through welcoming professors, deans, and friends. He discovered a love of the French language and culture while also developing his business savvy through both undergraduate and graduate business curriculums.

Patrick currently works for Deloitte Transaction and Business Analytics LLP as a business valuation associate and also contributes as a freelance researcher for CBS Sports. Patrick is proud of his Fordham roots and wishes to give back to the Fordham community through the 20/20 Challenge and beyond.

Ryan Adams Ryan Adams, FCRH ’11
Senior Consultant, TheoremX Solutions

Ryan is a graduate of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Class of 2011, and a proud theology major. Hailing from Long Island, Ryan came to Fordham for its rigorous academics and deep spiritual center. During his time at Fordham, Ryan founded the Theatrical Outreach Program and the Jewish Student Organization. He might have also been your RA (if you lived in Martyrs’). Fordham instilled in Ryan a love of football, a fire for social justice, and the inability to stay quiet when he hears the Fordham Fight Song.

Stephen McGowan Stephen McGowan, Fordham Prep ’04, PCS ’10
Coordinator of Global Outreach, Fordham University at Lincoln Center

A graduate of Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies and current coordinator of Global Outreach at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus, Stephen came to Fordham as a Bronx native looking to immerse himself in a strong Jesuit Education. Through his involvement in the Commuting Students Association, Global Outreach, and New Student Orientation, Stephen learned the true value of becoming a person for and with others.

After graduating from Fordham Prep in 2004 and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 2010, Stephen is currently on track to receiving his third degree from Fordham, a Master of Social Work, in August—becoming a “Triple Ram.”

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